REPUBLIC OF TURKEY GAZİANTEP PROVINCIAL DIRECTORATE OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Carchemish

 

      

        CARCHEMISH

       The ancient city of Carchemish, near Karkamış on the western bank of the Euphrates along the Turkish-Syrian border, is one of the most important sites in Near-Eastern archaeology. The Kingdom of Carchemish was the most powerful of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms that were established during the 300 years following the fall of the Hittite Empire towards the beginning of the 12th century B.C. Excavations here have uncovered reliefs which shed light on the life style, clothes and culture of the beginning of the 1st millennium B.C. The majority of the Carchemish reliefs are currently exhibited in the Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The Carchemish site has been cleared of mines, and excavations have begun, but it is not yet